Large-scale CPR class slated Oct. 6
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Within a half-hour next Saturday you could learn how to save a life while humming the tune “Stayin’ Alive.”
The American Heart Association is bringing its Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour to Rancho Bernardo. The free 30-minute training sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Westwood Club parking lot, 17394 W. Bernardo Drive. Those of all ages are welcome to attend.
According to the AHA website, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death, with almost 400,000 out-of-hospital incidents occurring annually in the U.S. Of these, 89 percent die because CPR was not immediately administered following collapse.
The lack of CPR is usually due to those around the victim not knowing CPR or fearing if administered the victim will be injured, officials said.
Statistically, 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in a residential setting and only 41 percent of those experiencing a cardiac arrest receive help between the time of collapse and paramedics arriving.
“Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public,” officials said. “It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.”
The rescue procedure — which will be taught on Oct. 6 — has two steps for teen and adult victims: call 911 and then push hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest to the rhythm of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The song is key because it has more than 100 beats per minute, the rate needed to successfully perform Hands-Only CPR.
While this method does not incorporate breathing into the victims’ mouth, as previously taught, the latter method is still recommended by health professionals when the victim is an infant, child or someone who was drowning, experienced a drug overdose or collapsed due to breathing problems, according to the AHA website.
At the Rancho Bernardo training, walk-ins will be accepted but signing up for a 30-minute slot by Friday, Oct. 5 is recommended since each of the seven sessions are limited to 100 participants. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ranchobernardoahahoc.
In addition to the training, there will be live entertainment, free refreshments and while supplies last, free CPR Anytime kits for adult attendees. The kits are worth $34.95.
The event is hosted by the Rancho Bernardo Community Council. For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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